Carl Jung: The World Hangs on The Psyche of Man

October 14, 2019

Sobering warning from one of the 20th century’s most insightful human beings.  Only more vivid with passage of time and the emergence of climate change.

Video of Trump shooting media and political enemies comes to mind in the discussion of ‘projection” above.

9 Responses to “Carl Jung: The World Hangs on The Psyche of Man”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Yeah, but with the threat of global thermonuclear war, at least no one could take my hamburgers or criminalize my SUV.

    This concludes today’s Recitation of the Talking Points. Amen.

  2. J4Zonian Says:

    Two of the most insightful and wise people of the modern era, I think. The woman is Marie Louise von Franz, protege and biographer of Jung, and author of a book I refer to often when talking about the shifting of beliefs and what’s to come: Projection and Recollection in Jungian Psychology: Reflections of the Soul. I think the video is from a great film called A Matter of Heart.

  3. redskylite Says:

    Always a bit out of my depth, bewildered and uneasy around psychiatrists/psychoanalysts, and talk of such things as ids, egos and psyches – hope mine are all doing well. Watching the entire Frasier seasons multiple times, that helped and gave me a laugh.

    Jung was around during the Nazi’s, so interacting with the cruel collective Nazi psyche of those strange days must have shaken the Swiss man up a bit. He was accused of being a Nazi sympathizer/collaborator, but in fact operated as a spy for the OSS (the predecessor to the CIA) as agent 488.

    This From Community Psyche columnist Timothy J. Tate, who lives in Bozeman, Montana, has been a practicing professional psychotherapist for more than 30 years.

    “Dr. Carl .J.Jung regarded this myopic condition in human consciousness as our “shadow.” He defined it as: “The shadow personifies everything that the subject refuses to acknowledge about himself and yet is always thrusting itself upon him directly or indirectly…”

    Today, America has been cast into shadowlands in which the arrogant expression of ignorance by the President is stunning but most worrisome is the refusal of those in his own party to call it out.

    Exploring or facing one’s personal shadow is the most challenging aspect of psychotherapy and, when confronted, represents a revolutionary move for the individual. However, for most who feel stuck, It will be avoided at all costs until and unless the individual’s learned strategies of avoidance, blame, denial, compensation, and defensiveness wither under the shadow’s pressure, creating an existential encounter with one’s self or character. ”

  4. doldrom Says:

    OK. So Trump is the one unaware of his shadow.

    Pardon me. I thought it was referring to US foreign policy in its totality

    • J4Zonian Says:

      Jung died in 1961. Smart as he was, I don’t think he was referring specifically to Trump. Nor do I think he was limiting his criticism to foreign policy, or to the US.

  5. If we’re talking about deep psychology and getting down to core ethical principles, regular readers of this blog should take stock of their own denialism, with this article as a good starting point.

    Selected excerpts:

    “…Does this sound very “green” to you? To me it sounds like a society fixated on growth and material progress going about its destructive business in much the same way as ever, only without the carbon. It sounds like a society whose answer to everything is more and bigger technology; a society so cut off from nature that it believes industrialising a mountain is a “sustainable” thing to do.”

    “…But the challenge posed by climate change is not really about technology. It is not even about carbon. It is about a society that has systematically hewed its inhabitants away from the natural world, and turned that world into a resource. It is about a society that imagines it operates in a bubble; that it can keep growing in a finite world, forever.”

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Two excellent “excerpts” that speak to truth. Anyone who has half a brain knows what the problem is—human failings (and JeffyZ has been beating us to death with it for years now besides).

      Most readers of this blog show far less “denialism” than you or the writer of this article. As imperfect as wind power may be in some ways, it is still one of the best ways we have to reduce fossil fuel use. Why do you deny that?

      rwo excwllwnt excerpts”

    • J4Zonian Says:

      I’ve always felt an accord with Kingsnorth’s iconoclastic views, but despite being right for the long term, he uncharacteristically misses one important thing here–the existential nature of the short term crisis.

      We have only 2 choices. Massively and immediately build out clean safe renewable technology, revolutionize industry, agriculture and forestry enough for civilization to survive the century—or don’t, and it won’t. If it doesn’t, it won’t go quietly; it will die in chaos and violence, and will take most if not all life on Earth with it.

      The short time we have to fix the immediate ecological crisis is not enough to heal the psychological affliction that’s making civilization wreck the world. Solving this crisis is the most difficult task humanity has ever faced, but physics and ecology mean if we don’t act fast we won’t solve it at all. Even if we do and civilization survives long enough to address the root cause, healing our emotional illness will be even harder. If we don’t at least acknowledge that it’s a psychological problem now, and make a commitment to work on it, we’re much less likely to be able to restore sanity to positions of power and get done what’s needed. Healing for the whole system is likely to take a century or more. If there’s still enough left of Earth to support what’s left of humanity by that time, and we do heal our disease, all the problems we’re so worried by now are likely to simply stop being problems. But we have to build enough wind turbines and solar houses to make it that far.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Great! You go stand in front of the growing billions of people who sleep in shacks, if not outside, during rain and cold and dust storms, and tell them how out of touch with “nature” they are. There’s a reason that dirt-poor farmers have migrated to city sweatshops in every country and time that they had the opportunity, from 19th Century Brits, to 20th Century Chinese to 21st Century Vietnamese.

      Whining about wind turbine technology (or solar?) replacing coal/gas/nuclear steam turbine plants is about as first-world new-agey as it gets. Many cities around the world have streets full of stinking, noisy, poison-spewing vehicles that add to the heat of >35°C days, and you want to hobble the electrical infrastructure.

      Of course, with or without new technology, we have a good shot of a +8°C increase within a few human generations. Nature will have the last laugh.

      Oh, and get off the Internet.

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